Catalogue and Index – Call for Papers

The next issue of C&I will focus on the following theme: 186 (March): The future of cataloguing

What do you think the future of cataloguing is shaping up to be? What do you want it to include?  Is MARC dead? How do you view Bibframe? How do you get the best out of your discovery layer? Who will perform cataloguing tasks in your institution, is temping the way forward?

We all have many questions about the future of cataloguing (and perhaps our own jobs), this issue is the opportunity to explore some of these areas.  We welcome papers on all of the topics mentioned, and anything else that falls within the theme.  Papers should be submitted by the end of February.

Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: and Deborah Lee: if you have any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned.  We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in.  Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images.  Please check our guidance for contributors:


Catalogue and Index Issue 184

The new issue of C&I is now available here.

This issue is themed around research and contains articles on female book collectors of the nineteenth century, compiling a catalogue for the Ladybird books and book collectors at Cambridge University Library. The issue also features a report from the recent CIG 2016 Conference.

Book reviewer wanted

I have just received a new publication from Facet Publishing. Here are the details:

David Stuart. Practical ontologies for information professionals. London : Facet Publishing, c2016. viii, 184 pages. ISBN: 9781783300624 (paperback)

If you would like further information about the book, or are interested in reviewing it for Catalogue & index, please contact me at:


Neil T. Nicholson, Book Reviews Editor



LCSH in a day: A CIG event delivered by the British Library

**Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list**

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful “LCSH in a day” training course.  “LCSH in a day” is a practical introduction to using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), led by a specialist from the British Library.  The course will include an overview of the Subject Cataloging Manual, and will cover the structure of LCSH and conventions for constructing strings.  This one-day event mixes taught theory with practical exercises.

Full details of the dates and venue are given below.  To book, please fill in the booking form.

We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place at this event. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegates to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal. Please submit your application to Debbie by the date given below.

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Time: 10.00-17.00 (lunch included)

Venue: CILIP HQ, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

Cost: £95 +VAT (CIG members), £120 +VAT (non-CIG members)

Closing date for sponsored place applications: 12th October (applicants will be notified by 26th October).

Closing date for bookings: 9th November

Contact: Debbie Lee (; +44 (0)20 7848 2905)

Please note that once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.


CIG16 Write Up

Below is a summary of our recent conference on Innovation and Discovery written by Emma Booth from Metadata Services at LSE.  Many thanks to Emma for giving us permission to include this on our blog.

Earlier this month, the biennial conference of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group took place at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, focusing upon metadata innovation and discovery.

The conference demonstrated how libraries, archives and museums are all striving to improve the quality of their metadata in order to enhance resource-discovery for their users. Papers and presentations covered a range of interesting and innovative metadata enrichment and quality- improvement projects, including collaborations between libraries, archives and special collections.

Several of the presentations revealed how refinements in metadata standards and the adoption of Linked Open Data formats such as BIBFRAME are enabling librarians to acquire new skills in metadata creation and manipulation, whilst simultaneously improving the discoverability of library-resources on external systems via the web. This is due to the fact that Linked Open Data standards allow bibliographic metadata to become compatible with web-data standards, and so be indexed by web-based search engines, rather than being hidden away in the library’s local catalogue or repository.

Furthermore, Linked Open Data standards enable users to explore the relationships and links between different works, individuals, events and places, which can open up new avenues for cross-disciplinary research. This means that library collections can expand their discoverability from local to global audiences and have a wider impact upon research and learning communities. As such, Linked Data projects enable an institution to shift towards a more ‘user-centric’ approach to resource discoverability, acknowledging the fact that researchers often choose to use external systems, tools and platforms to search for information, rather than just using a library catalogue.

Throughout the conference there were examples of the fundamental work that cataloguers and metadata librarians are doing on a daily basis in order to ensure that collections are made discoverable and accessible. Many libraries are investing time and staff resources in upgrading their legacy metadata records from old standards, and are steadily FRBRising their library catalogue in order to make its content more discoverable to users.

Many of the papers also expressed the view that, whilst the work of the metadata team is often hidden away from public view, cataloguing and metadata practices and workflows, together with systems and discovery layers, ultimately determine the user experience and, therefore, the user’s impression of a library’s quality. Without good quality, standardised bibliographic metadata it is impossible for a library-user to know what resources are in a library’s collections, whether they are relevant to the their research, how they relate to materials they have already accessed, or how to gain physical or electronic access to those resources. In essence, without bibliographic metadata there is no library!

The overall feeling of the conference was that metadata librarianship is in an exciting place, with great opportunities for expansion and innovation opening up through projects involving Linked Data. However, there was a feeling that cataloguers and metadata specialists need to be more vocal advocates for the work that they do, and for the importance of metadata enrichment projects at their institutions as a means of enhancing the user-experience and improving the discoverability of library collections.

Slides, workshop materials and posters from the conference can be found here.